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Luronium Futures - a space where protected species can thrive

The Montgomery Canal, situated in England and Wales, holds a significant historical legacy that dates back to the early 19th century.

Montgomery Canal - Luronium Futures

Originally a bustling industrial waterway, it gradually fell into neglect and disrepair over time, facing numerous challenges. However, in recent years, a project called Luronium Futures has emerged with the aim of revitalising and conserving the natural environment of this historic canal.

The Welsh section of the Montgomery Canal is particularly noteworthy, as it is designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) due to its abundant population of Floating Water Plantain Luronium natans. Additionally, it is recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the presence of exceptional aquatic, emergent, and marginal plant communities. However, without proper management, these plant communities can be overwhelmed by emergent vegetation, posing a threat to their survival.

The canal traverses through breathtaking landscapes, showcasing a diverse array of flora and fauna. Acknowledging the ecological significance of the canal and its surroundings, the Luronium Futures project has implemented measures to preserve and enhance the natural heritage of the area. This includes safeguarding wildlife habitats, adopting sustainable practices, and promoting biodiversity, thereby ensuring a harmonious coexistence between the canal and its natural surroundings.

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The project focuses on improving the canal channel conditions to benefit the rare plants and enhance the conservation status of the SAC. This involves various activities, such as conducting baseline condition surveys to inform restoration efforts and enable impact measurement.

In addition, in-channel vegetation clearance and trimming of overhanging trees are carried out in key sections. The project also includes work on three in-line nature reserves, spot dredging to maintain an open channel, and the translocation of Luronium plants to repopulate cleared sections. Furthermore, efforts are made to enable further length and depth of re-watering in the Guilsfield Arm.

Thanks to the generous support of The Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government, through the Nature Networks Fund the Luronium Futures project presents a transformative opportunity for the Montgomery Canal, breathing new life into this historically significant waterway.

By combining restoration initiatives, environmental preservation, community engagement, and sustainable practices, the project strives to create a canal that serves as a suitable habitat for many beloved protected and rare British wildlife species.

With thanks to our funders

Last Edited: 02 June 2023

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